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Career Exploration

Exploring different career paths is a journey that includes thinking about yourself, doing research, trying things out, and making decisions. Here are some general steps to help you through your career exploration journey

Career Exploration

  • Self-Reflection: Take some time to think about what you're into, what you're good at, and what you're not so great at. Consider the stuff you enjoy doing, the subjects you're awesome at, and what gets you going. Try out some personality quizzes or interest inventories to get a better idea of your preferences and skills.
    • My Next Move: Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers a free interactive quiz that helps students explore career options based on their interests.
    • 16Personalities: The free 16Personalities test can be adapted for older children and teenagers. 
  • Gain Experience: Take advantage of internships, part-time jobs, volunteer opportunities, and informational interviews to gain hands-on experience and explore different career paths. Seek opportunities to shadow professionals in your areas of interest and ask questions about their day-to-day responsibilities, challenges, and rewards.
  • Network: Attend events, career fairs, workshops, and field trips to meet new people and learn about career opportunities. Connect with professionals in your chosen field and ask them questions. Don't hesitate to seek support from counselors, mentors, and teachers!


An apprenticeship is a program where you get to learn a job by actually doing it. As an apprentice, you work with experienced professionals who teach you the skills you need for a specific career. You earn money while you learn, and at the end of the program, you often receive a certification or credential that shows you are qualified in that field. It's a great way to gain hands-on experience and start a career right out of high school.

Apprenticeship and Career Pathway Programs in New Mexico


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